Author: Bonnie Friedman (page 1 of 2)

Are You As Financially Prepared for Retirement As You Think?

You saved carefully and invested wisely. You believe your plans are in place, and your nest egg is in order. You feel financially prepared for the years to come. But have you considered your medical expenses? All too often, retirement planning is focused on wealth management—a good thing in and of itself. But medical costs …more

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s a Flying Turkey!

On a recent trip to Upstate New York for a family wedding, my husband and I nearly came face to face with a flying wild turkey. We are more urban than rural and – save for stray deer from the nearby woods – our wildlife encounters are generally limited to small birds and cute bunnies. …more

Don’t Visit Your Loved One in the Hospital!

When someone you love is in the hospital, don’t go to visit! That’s right. Families should not think of themselves as visitors in the hospital room. Families—or sometimes very close friends— bring a wealth of information, background and understanding. They know their loved ones better than anyone else in the hospital. That counts for a …more

Who’s Coordinating Your Care?

Several years ago, while my husband was in the hospital, I was concerned about the course of his treatment and couldn’t seem to get a clear picture of the next steps and prognosis. Not sure where to turn, I called his primary care physician (PCP) for guidance. Officially, there was a hospitalist in charge of …more

When life is good, savor it

“Savor this moment. Appreciate it. Life won’t always be so good.” The voice in my head echoed a reminder I knew I needed to savor. From past experiences I understood that life would not always be on track, and I understood on some level that I would need to remember the good life again, sometime …more

When You Don’t Have Your Health

What’s important to you? As we age, our priorities change. In our 20’s and 30’s, many of us wanted adventure or to boost our careers and start our families. In our 40’s and 50’s, we tended to focus more on stability and planning for the future. So what do 60-somethings care about? The lucky ones …more

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Love. Death. Fitness

“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” asked Tina Turner back in 1985. Or in this case, what does love have to do with death and fitness? The answer is in three parts. Love As any dog lover knows, our canine family members hold very special places in our hearts. Our dogs are like our …more

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Snowbirds: Make Medical Plans for Your Trip!

You plan your vacations and retirement, paying careful attention to details large and small. You check each box, working your way down the list. “Got it covered,” you smile and move on to the next item. But wait. Back up. Are you really as prepared as you think? Whether planning a long-term vacation or a …more

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